‘Practice makes perfect’. This quote is absolutely right even applying to golf sport. It has been agreed that it is not talent which defines whether you are good at golf player but it is all about hard practicing and training. There is a secret called deliberate practice which can help you to improve your skill and eliminate your handicap.
Let’s first have a look at brief introduction of deliberate practice. The term ‘deliberate practice’ has become more popular when it is mentioned in the book called ‘Outliers’ of famous author Malcolm Gladwell. The concept, come from a psychologist, Dr. Anders Ericsson in 1993, discuss about achievement after practicing for 10 000 hours.
If you spend two hours a day practicing golf, you need 13 years and a half to reach the goal of 10 000 hours. However, never give up, your efforts are paid off in the future. According to Matthew Cooke, ‘deliberate practice for golf is the amount of Game-Like repetitions a player gets during practice’. The points of deliberate practicing in golf are continuous rehearsing and amount of repetition in training session.
Golf players can be divided into three categories according to their levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Meanwhile, there are also three important principles when practicing golf as follow: recreate, simulate and regulate. Different level players have different practice methods in different steps. Nevertheless, they still share the same technic in recreation.
Before starting any practice or round, always practice long putt at 12 feet, stroking the ball the length and width of the practice green. Exercising it from left to right at 12 green speed running.
- Beginner: Players should finish two push-ups in case of 6-foot length putt.
- Intermediate: As you are better than the beginners, you probably desire to be more professional. You might experience the situation when your ball is just around 3 feet from the hole, let’s give one shot back to the lead.
- Advanced: As an advanced player, your expectation when practicing should be higher than others. Let’s do 5 or 6 push-ups if you can not hole half your ball in around or there is a length of one foot between your ball and the hole.
- Beginner: Record your results, simply put it as ‘fail’ or ‘pass’.
- Intermediate: Note your scorecard in more detailed, how many holed putt you have got. Remember to keep track on your scorecard also.
- Advanced: Your scorecard should be as detailed as intermediate player’s one. Have your scorecard in hand whenever you practice the sport.
The short guide above gives you quick look how it will work in term of deliberate practice. Even though the definition of the concept is about constant repetitions, you will not achieve any improvement if you keep doing the wrong thing again and again. As being explained earlier, a good tracking on your process helps you understand your weakness which goes beyond your comfort zone. Moreover, it also helps you to discover the root point to be a master of golf playing.